UPDATE: Major Reinaldo L. Canton, Ret
SEX CHARGES DROPPED DUE TO SUSPECT’S ILL HEALTH
from the article by Ben Winslow – The Deseret News
In court documents filed recently in U.S. District Court, retired Maj. Reinaldo Canton revealed that he had been diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition. The stress brought on by a trial will put him at risk of death, his attorney argued.
“If Mr. Canton is forced to continue with prosecution, either by entering a plea or preparing for trial, he will face numerous additional stressors, which will increase his blood pressure and likely lead to his death,” Canton’s attorney, Ben Hamilton wrote.
Canton was indicted in 2007 on a charge of coercion and enticement for illegal sexual activity, accusing him of traveling from New Mexico to the Layton Hills Mall, where he thought he would be meeting with a 15-year-old girl he had met on the Internet for a sexual encounter. The person he met on the Web was really an undercover police officer.
In court papers, Hamilton said that Canton was scheduled to enter into a plea deal with government prosecutors last year. But in a motion to dismiss the case, Hamilton revealed that as Canton was preparing to fly to Utah for a court hearing, he was rushed to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with an “acute aortic dissection” — a tear in the inner layer of the aorta.
“It is my opinion that the stress of a courtroom trial, in Mr. Canton’s particular case, presents a real and specific hazard. Rupture of the residual aneurysm could be sudden and catastrophic, with clear risks of death, stroke, paralysis and loss of function and abdominal organs,” his doctor, Stuart Pett Jr., wrote in a letter to the court.
Hamilton argued that proceeding with prosecution violated Canton’s Fifth Amendment right to due process and that Canton was unable to assist in his defense.
“Ordering Mr. Canton to stand trial or undergo plea and sentencing proceedings would effectively be signing his death warrant,” Hamilton wrote.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah agreed to drop the case without prejudice, meaning prosecutors can refile the charge if circumstances surrounding Canton change. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups signed an order on May 14 dismissing the case.
This information came to light thanks to another email from someone close to this case, requesting that we remove the original story about one of our All-Stars. In this case, the entire email consisted of this Haiku-like prose:
officer retired and dying.
please respect the children
As you can see, the author left out some of the more important details. Whether this was intentional or not, I’m always suspicious of these requests, and through my research I found out about the dismissal of Reinaldo Canton’s charges due to health problems.
I can see why they want to hush this little “indiscretion” by the Major. He was a professor at the Air Force Academy at one time, and is a published author and expert on online learning. Rey-Rey was on his way to bigger and better things before his arrest.
But wait, stop the presses. I was just putting the finishing touches on the above update, when look what I found.
RETIRED AIR FORCE MAJOR CHARGED AGAIN
from the article by Ethan Thomas – The Deseret News
Charges were filed Tuesday against a retired Air Force major for allegedly attempting to meet a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl for a sexual encounter.
Retired Maj. Reinaldo L. Canton, 45, was charged in 3rd District Court with three counts of enticement of a minor, a class-A misdemeanor, after initially being arrested in April of 2007.
Canton, a resident of New Mexico, was indicted for the same incident in U.S. District Court in 2007, but the federal case was dismissed without prejudice in May after the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to drop the case because of Canton’s deteriorating health.
Court documents filed in that case said that Canton had been diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition and his attorney argued that the stress brought on by a trial would put his life at risk.
As Canton was preparing to fly to Utah for a court hearing, he was rushed to a hospital emergency room, where he was diagnosed with an “acute aortic dissection” — a tear in the inner layer of the aorta, court documents said.
Though the case was originally dismissed, the Utah Attorney General’s Office feels that there are sufficient grounds to proceed with the case on the state level.
“If the defendant conceives that his health is an issue, he is free to raise it and attempt to support it with evidence,” Assistant Utah Attorney General Paul Amann said. “It remains to be seen what facts develop in a court of competent jurisdiction. In the federal context, the defendant’s unilateral assertions with respect to his health were not contested. There has been no independent analysis of his health.”
The charges filed Tuesday by the Attorney General’s Office detail an arranged sexual encounter between Canton and a person who, authorities say, he thought was a 15-year-old girl he had met on the Internet. The “girl” he had expected to meet actually was an undercover agent.
Canton was arrested on April 11, 2007 after FBI agents set up surveillance at a Layton mall, the designated meeting site for the encounter. Agents observed Canton and found that he matched photographs sent to the undercover agents during earlier chats, the charges said.
Imagine that?! It appears that the person who email us, requesting this man’s story be removed, completely forgot to tell me that the State of Utah had refiled the charges 4 months after the Federal Court had dropped them.
He must have forgotten, right? No one would intentionally lie about something like that just to have a story about a friend or family member removed, would they?
Well, of fucking course they would, and did in this case. It’s a lie of omission, but a lie none the less, and as morally reprehensible as any told in defense of a probable sexual predator and pedophile.
It’s disgraceful, but more than that it’s infuriating, that a select group of people believe their personal feelings outweigh the rights of victim to receive justice for the abuses forced upon them. I don’t know if they’re driven by an inflated opinion of family honor, or a simple desire to not be associated with a sexual deviant, but they really burn my ass. This is selfishness in it’s most extreme form.
The only way to fight these people is to expose them to the light, so everyone can so who they are and what they’ve done. They’re like vampires – they just can’t stand to be out in the sun, where everyone can see what’s what.
Whether it’s the pedophile himself with his deviant desires, or the enablers, stuck in their denial, exposure is their Kryptonite. Today, maybe we took down one or two more.
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